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Do you consider yourself a die hard HTC fan? If so, we can’t blame you. Their latest flagship, the HTC One, has been a great success, combining great build quality, snappy internals, and a remarkable screen.

If you’re a fan, we wouldn’t be surprised if you already have something in your forum signature displaying your patronage to Taiwan’s most prominent smartphone manufacturer. However, having more options is never a bad thing.

XDA Forum Member Sgt-Obst created and shared a collection of HTC-loving banners. Stylish and sleek, these 500 x 100 images are perfectly sized for use in your forum signature. Images for the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One Mini, and HTC Sensation XE are included, as well as images showing love towards HTC Dev and Sense UI.

Sgt-Obst is also taking requests for future devices to be added to the banner list, so head over to the original thread to show your HTC love.

Bootloader Customizer

Not too long ago, we brought you news that allowed HTC EVO 4G LTE users to customize their bootloaders. The process was pretty cool, allowing users to make their bootloader look however they want—including making it look unhacked. After the initial project was released, users clamored for this to be made available to more devices. The requests were heard and responded to. Now, the plugin has been made available to make the bootloader customizer for a number of HTC devices.

The process for a developer to port this is not hard. XDA Recognized Contributor regaw_leinad, who developed the application and plugin, takes a time out from the stags (yes, that’s really him) to explain how:

it’s basically all written, they just need to fill in the values for their hboot, and embed the hboot.img into the exe. I already have a placeholder for the hboot.img and android-info.txt so a drag and drop over them should keep it embedded.

Regaw_leinad is also creating the application for the supported devices, but wanted to release the plugin first so users had a chance to get it sooner. The current list of supported HTC devices include:

  • HTC EVO 4G LTE
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • HTC Incredible S
  • Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One V
  • HTC One XL
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • HTC EVO Shift 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Tattoo
  • Droid Eris
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Incredible
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Aria
  • HTC Desire Z
  • HTC EVO 4G+
  • HTC Vivid 4G
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Desire C

While the list is quite large, one must keep in mind that not all of these devices have S-Off, and users must have S-Off in order to actually use this application. To get started, visit the original thread.

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Super Utility

Tool kits and utility applications do most of the work bridging the gap between the not-so-tech savvy and Android development. While varying in functionality and polish, the tools get the job done with minimal effort, and allow the average user to easily experience all their Android phone has to offer.

With an array of tool kits out there that perform almost countless tasks, the right utilities can result in all sorts of functionality you didn’t know you could even get. HTC Sensation 4G and XE users now have a utility that basically does whatever you need.

Super Utility is a command prompt based tool kit released by XDA Senior Member kgs1992 that makes a sound effort at living up to its name. Given that it relies on command prompt, this is for Windows users only at the moment. The toolkit can do a number of things including:

Reboot your device normally, or to bootloader or recovery.
S-Off for Hboot ≤1.18 devices & Hboot 1.2x
Installing 4EXT Recovery for all S-Off / HTC Dev Unlocked devices (You need to download recovery.img attached below)
Rooting for all devices (No custom recovery required)
Write SuperCID or custom CID for all S-Off devices
Install firmware for all S-Off devices
Flash ZIP from recoveryfor all S-Off devices with custom recovery installed
Flash PG58IMG.zip
Flash boot.img (ie.Kernel & ramdisk) for HTC Dev unlocked/ S Off devices
Flash ENG Hboot for devices that have S Off (The tool asks you to download 1.27 JB Hboot)

For most users, there really isn’t much else you need a tool kit for, and not much else you really need to do to begin with. The tool kit also acts as a good solution for users with broken screens who need to restore to stock prior to requesting service, as well as users with broken volume buttons who can’t use recovery properly.

Visit the original thread for downloads and more information.

Ice-Cream-Sandwich-Recipe

One of the most common questions here at XDA over the past several months has been, “When will my HTC device receive Ice Cream Sandwich?” Now, thanks to a tip from XDA Senior Member neoofoox we have our answer.

Although we previously mentioned the devices confirmed to get ICS from HTC’s blog back in March, it was only recently that HTC finally confirmed their timeline for this year’s releases. According to HTC:

What is the overall timeline of Android 4.0 updates?
The majority of devices will receive upgrades in June and July 2012 and we expect to finish upgrades in August 2012 for all announced devices.

When will my device get the Android 4.0 upgrade?

The target timeline for announced devices is below. Because of partner and network testing, and approval processes for device updates, it can take up to 45 days for all carriers and countries to get the update after a rollout has begun.

Device

Schedule

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC To be determined (by the end of August)
HTC Amaze 4G May-June
HTC Desire S June-July
HTC Desire HD July-August
HTC EVO 3D June-July
HTC EVO 4G+ May-June
HTC EVO Design 4G June-July
HTC Incredible S June-July
HTC Sensation March-June
HTC Sensation 4G March-June
HTC Sensation XE March-June
HTC Sensation XL April-Jun
HTC Rezound June-July
HTC Rhyme June-July
HTC Thunderbolt July-August
HTC Velocity 4G March-June
HTC Vivid March-June

Please note these dates are targets and may shift due to testing and approvals.

For a detailed look at when your specific device will be getting a taste of frosty Android goodness and several other questions answered, head on over the official page and salivate over your upcoming good fortune.

Amaze4G_SOFF

HTC’s locking of the bootloaders during last year was nothing short of a spectacular feat. It was really a battle of the titans, where the original line-up of Sensation-like devices came with a locked bootloader, which was later unlocked and S-OFFed, only to be updated to yet another revision of the HBOOT. But the second time around, it was locked to an almost unlockable state. Having heard many complaints from the user base (and us), HTC decided to offer the olive branch and simply gave up on locking the HBOOT. In fact, they themselves provided a way to unlock this and allow the flashing of custom code on the devices (of course, your warranty flew out the window if you did). Several giants came along such as Revolutionary, but now the next step in the evolution of S-OFF has arrived, and its name is Juopunutbear, and it has been delivered by XDA Forum Members Fuses and globatron.

Details on the unlock process are somewhat scarce (and quite frankly, that is indeed a good thing), but it seems to be that the devs found some sort of exploit common on most dev unlocked devices. The process seems to include what the devs have called a “wire trick”, which according to the pictures involves placing the device in download mode by touching a contact in the device’s board with one end of a wire (accessible without having to take it apart) and the other end of the wire to the device’s sd card slot metal casing. Everything else is done by the software, but your timing in doing everything must the right or else it will not work. Also, since the devices are somewhat different from each other, the devs have added a set of instructions, with video demonstrations, for each one of them.

The program has been extensively beta tested by a closed yet somewhat large group of people. However, as it is customary, the devs do state that the process is not perfect and that there is the likelihood that the devices could be bricked in the process. Having said that, proceed with extreme care and ensure that the device that you are going to S-OFF is in fact the one for which you are following instructions on.

The main unlock webpage can be found here. However, there are threads in each individual device section, such as this one for the Amaze 4G.

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htcdev

HTC has always had a good relationship with its users, by industry standards.  They’ve made several game-changing decisions in the past year, including unlocking device bootloaders and confirming Ice Cream Sandwich support for a wide range of handsets, including some that were lower range than most competitors bothered to support. Now, continuing in an effort to improve that relationship,  HTC is challenging the idea that the company is slow to deliver source code for its devs and fans!

HTC ‘s relationship with the community definitely grew tighter this past weekend when the company released the Ice Cream Sandwich Kernel Source for the HTC Sensation, the HTC Sensation XE and the HTC Vivid. Developers can now get their hands on the code necessary to truly compile functioning ROMs that fully utilize the device hardware. This is great news for all HTC fans, as the source for the rest of the ICS line will undoubtedly follow!

The heads-up was first spotted in our forums for the Sensation here thanks to XDA Senior Member erto90 and for the Vivid here thanks to Senior Member come at me bro. Developers, head on over to the HTCDev download page here to nab the new kernel sources. You can also follow HTCDev on Twitter if you’d like to thank them!

 

blog.htc

The billion dollar question right now in the Android world is whether or not your device will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As they so humorously put it:

Few innovations have improved upon ice cream as much putting it between two cookies and making a sandwich. Which is why we all want Ice Cream Sandwich! Ok, that’s not the real reason, but we’re all excited about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, coming to HTC.

While there is constant speculation as to which devices will be added to the ICS list, not very many firm answers are to be found. Luckily, HTC has just released a public statement as to which devices are slated to receive Google’s latest tasty treat.

Timing is the next important question. HTC has spoken up on this issue as well, stating that the updates for the Sensation and Sensation XE would begin in the coming weeks, with the Sensation 4G andSensation following thereafter. However, the schedule still remains unclear for the other devices slated to receive the OS update.

As for timing, we’re in the early stages of rolling out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and HTC Sensation XE and upgrades will be more widely available in the next few weeks. The update for the HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Sensation XL will follow. Please note, once we start pushing out updates it will take time for all carriers in each country to get the update. We are working closely with our carrier partners to nail down update schedules for our other smartphones and will have more to share very soon.

While many of us are still irked at the fact that HTC’s first generation Snapdragon devices such as the original HTC Incredible and the legendary Evo 4G are not on the update list, their omission is understandable given that not even the HTC-built Google Nexus One is receiving ICS in official capacity. However, the fact that these devices will be receiving Sense 3.6 rather than Sense 4 is a bit of a bigger blow. However, you can bet that our developer community will have that covered, as they have already begun to do so.

Source: HTC Blog

[Thanks to all who sent in the tip!]

Sensations

We already know that the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE will be the first devices to receive official Ice Cream Sandwich goodness from the Taiwanese giant, followed shortly by the Sensation XL. We also know that a test ROM was given to some people in Europe and Asia as part of a “soak build.”

Now we have two ICS RUU (ROM Update Utility) leaks for Sensation and Sensation XE. XDA Recognized Developer mike1986, brings us the leaks:

RUU_PYRAMID_LE_ICS_35_S_HTC_Europe_3.30.401.101_Radio_11.69.3504.00U_11.22.3504.07_M_test_240583
(Sensation XE)

RUU_PYRAMID_ICS_HTC_Europe_3.30.401.1_Radio_11.69.3504.00U_11.22.3504.07_M_test_240585
(Sensation)

The developer mentions that although they seem like Release Candidates because of their quality, these are still just test builds. It seems that HTC is working to roll-out the official updates soon.

Keep in mind they are still TEST. thou they seem more like a Release Candidate .
Don’t flash unless you know what you are doing. May result with a damaged phone!

Head over to the original thread to get your hands on the RUUs and discuss functionality.

BR CameraMOD For HTC Sensation

November 23, 2011   By:

ts1tz4ct

If you happen to have the HTC Sensation, you may be aware of the work done by XDA member |ErosizeD|. For those of you who are not BR CameraMod promises to increase your camera powers: video quality can be enjoyed at 1080p @40mbps as well and the mods are presented with the following improvements:

CyanogenMod ROM´s
Better image quality ( compression set to 0% ).
Higher bitrate values 8mbps up to 20mbps only HD working. ( 1080 not working due kernel or system ).
Better FPS.
Boost of 80MB.

Sense 3.5 ROM´s
Better image quality ( compression set to 0% ).
Higher bitrate values ( 10mbps up to 40mbps practically BluRay DVD quality in terms of bitrate ).
Generally increased FPS stability, and camera performance.
Boost of 80MB.

The developer warns to proceed carefully to avoid unwanted results. Remember to choose the proper mod for your rom.
Please leave your comments to let us know how is working on your ROM.

Originally posted by |ErosizeD|
First of all this mod can’t break your phone, so stay calm, if everything not working, maybe you did something wrong, or maybe i did something wrong haha
MOD Information. ( Small info about what things i modified, and what do )
MOD Explanation for every rom. ( ensure to read this, there are few mods for each rom. )
MOD Downloads. ( the downloads from my host, there must be all the zips, usually flasheable )
MOD Comparisons. [ Videos and Photos with the mod ]
Extra Stuff. ( Tutorials, Video-Tutorials, Questions and answers…etc )

What do you need to know before download or flash anything.

First of all, know what type of rom you have, there are 2 types.
CyanogenMOD Roms ( also miui )
Sense roms ( 3.0 | 3.5 ) is not the same, so be careful.

Continue on to the original thread to find more.

update2

Wow! Today has been an incredible day in the wonderful world of Android. It has been a streak of events one right after the other: ICS SDK hits and GPL compliant sources get released, Siri gets an Android rival, and now we just learned from two different sources, in two different parts of the world, that the Sensation is getting updates, although seemingly different. The first one that we got wind of was one going into Canadian Sensations, particularly, one Sensation owner (XDA member Pikabat) on the Mobilicity network, reported that he was getting an OTA update pushed in. This update is about 9.21 MB in size. Judging from this, and not knowing anything else about it, we can assume that it is the same one that got pushed to European Sensations last week. However, without a dump or a log, there is no way to tell what is included in this update. The member did not have root at the moment, so it will be almost impossible at this stage to determine whether this comes loaded with a new hboot, if it is intended as a security patch, or what it is. We will have to sit and wait until someone can dump it and compare to the European version.

Speaking of European versions, there was another report for an OTA earlier today via Twitter. This one seems to have a little bit more information such as the base number for the build being 1.20.401.8 and still being 2.3.4. The interesting part about this particular update is that it is about 47 MB in size, which means two things:

1. The one in Canada is NOT the same as the one being pushed out in Europe right now.

2. The large size of the update hopefully means more key changes.

According to the second screenshot taken by Rage06, the update includes 3D games in it, which could very well explain the large size of this. Also, the fact that it includes these games also implies that this is also intended for the Kingdom as well.

At this point in time, we do not have any further information as to what is included in the updates or which carriers it is going through first. However, we have to applaud HTC in the fact that they seem to be trying hard to get to the core of the security issues in a timely manner. No one ever said that being a large multinational corporation is easy, particularly when you have to deal with other companies to even open the doors to your office, but we still would like to thank you for looking into the matter at hand.

The moment we learn more about these updates, we will be sure to let you know, so stay tuned!

 

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Thanks TrevE for the links!

Add Beats To Any Sense Rom

October 19, 2011   By:

beats-by_dr_dre-04

You have likely been hearing about the new Beats Audio technology that was implemented on the Sensation XE last month. This is essentially a sound enhancer app that makes using headphones a bliss (especially if they are Beats by Dr Dre). A few select roms on various devices have had this ported to them by their respective chefs, like this one. But, what if the particular rom that has it is not exactly your cup of tea? Fear no more because XDA member smokin1337 has just released a flashable version of this, which can be applied to any Sense 3.0 rom. Keep in mind that this has bits and pieces of framework and services.jar, so you can expect some odd behavior of a few things. For instance, the CRT animation seems to stop working after applying this. Not a major downer but something to consider.

The dev also recommends making a NANDROID backup, just in case. Please take this for a spin and make sure that you leave feedback behind if you thought this was useful or if it didn’t work right.

I personally didn’t think beats was all that great but alot of users like it so i made this flashable version for my rom.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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htcsensation2

So, you just bought a Sensation and just when you get it on your hands, HTC announces an update. Well, don´t worry because XDA Recognized Developer mike1986. just cooked a new ROM based on the Sensation XE with Beats Audio technology, and moreover it comes overclocked to 1.5 GHz with real dual core support.

Other nice stuff included is the improved Andreno200 configuration, it has enabled GPU UI rendering, SD Card speed tweak, battery auto-calibration, a data partition special speed tweak, and the 3D Engine was overclocked from 266.6 MHz to 320 MHz.

Give it a try and let the developer know about your experience by leaving your feedback.

Originally posted by mike1986.
Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) – latest official HTC RUU 1.72.401.1
This ROM will turn your HTC Sensation into powerful HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio technology and 1.5 GHz dual core!
This is improved version of stock ROM – no visual changes!
New kernel: 2.6.35.14 (under-volted & tweaked). Details below:
CPU up to 1.56 GHz (1.51 GHz by default – original speed for MSN8660 chipset) – controlled automatically by built it O/C Daemon. How to use O/C Daemon?
If you want to control CPU manually, you would need SetCPU from here: SetCPU
In SetCPU remember to check “Set on Boot”, but using O/C Daemon gives much better performance and battery then SetCPU
Many CPU governors (SmartAss, Ondemand, Performance, Conservative, UserSpace)
GPU+ patch (Improved 2D & 3D Graphics performance
3D Engine overclocked from 266.6 MHz to 320 MHz
L2 Cache Bandwidth Boost from 310MHz to 360MHz
Synchronous L2 Cache
V(R) I/O as default scheduler
SLQB Memory Management

Continue on to the ROM thread to find more information.

HTC Announcing Sensation XE

September 14, 2011   By:

HTC Sensation  XE 2-1

Earlier this year, HTC released their newest line up of devices, sporting Gingerbread and Sense 3.0. Some of these devices include the Sensation and the EVO 3D. Tons of feedback have been returned to HTC regarding the performance of the phones as well as aesthetics. Well, it seems that the Taiwanese manufacturer released the news earlier today stating that the Sensation has a new sibling on the way dubbed as the HTC Sensation XE, which is a special edition of the qHD screened device that so many of you are carrying these days. This version is far from being only a revamping of the device’s outer shell, this packs a much heavier punch for your buck as it has an upgraded dual core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and a larger capacity battery for your extended using pleasure. If that was not it, the special edition will come bundled with a pair of premium Dr. Dre branded headphones, so that you can listen to your favorite music in high audio quality. In case you are interested, here are the official specs from the device.

HTC Sensation XE™ with Beats Audio Specifications

 

Processor

•                Qualcomm MSM 8260

•                1.5 GHz dual-core

 

Platform

•                Android™ with HTC Sense™

 

Memory

•                Total internal phone storage: 4 GB

•                Available internal phone storage: 1 GB

•                RAM: 768 MB

 

Dimensions (LxWxT)

•               126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3 mm (4.96 x 2.57 x 0.44 inches)

 

Weight

•                151 grams with battery

 

Display 

•               4.3-inch touch LCD screen with 540 x 960 qHD resolution

•                Gorilla glass

 

Network               

•                HSPA/WCDMA

Europe/Asia: 900/AWS/2100 MHz

•               GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

•               Upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps

 

GPS        

•                Internal GPS antenna

 

Sensors

•                Gyro sensor

•                G-Sensor

•                Digital compass

•                Proximity sensor

•                Ambient light sensor

 

Connectivity

•                3.5 mm stereo audio jack

•               Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit

•                Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11b/g/n

•               DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to your TV or computer.

•               Micro-USB port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB   or HDMI connection

 

Camera

•               8 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and dual LED flash

•                1080p HD video recording

•                VGA front camera

 

Audio supported formats

•               Playback: .aac, .amr,.mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9), SP-MIDI

•                Recording: ..amr, .aac

 

Video supported formats

•               Playback: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4,.wmv (Windows Media Video 9)

•                Recording: MPEG-4, H.263

•                Stereo sound video recording

 

Battery

•                Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

•                Capacity: 1730 mAh

•               Talk time: Up to 445 minutes for WCDMA and up to 550 minutes for GSM

•               Standby time: Up to 450 hours for WCDMA and up to 350 hours for GSM

Expansion slot

•               microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

 

AC adapter

•               Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

•                DC output: 5 V and 1 A

 

Certainly, a nice incentive for those who were thinking about going for the Sensation. We’ll see how this plays along. Who knows what else this will bring along? It looks like we will find out soon enough.

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